This entry shares a version of open access academic paper by Andrew Gryf Paterson, written and published in 2010, that explores the connections between the Finnish rural tradition of 'talkoot', a voluntary 'work-party', and it's connection to the information society and network culture in Finland. It was written after the rise of online participatory platforms, also promoted in the mid 2000s as 'Web 2.0'. Wikipedia is referred to as a international prominent example.
The article was published in 2 versions earlier (see below). This version shared here was arranged for the occasion of a gathering of the Finnish Cooperative Research Network in Tampere, on 18th October 2010. As a result this article has been hosted as a PDF on Pellervo.fi's server already since that occasion. For more information about that event (in Finnish):
The text was published in two other versions here:
Paterson, A. G. (2011). Connections between rural and online cooperation in Finland, In Rasa Smite, Armin Medosch, Kerstin Mey, Raitis Smits (eds.), Acoustic Space #8: Energy/Enerģija, Peer-reviewed Journal for Transdisciplinary Research on Art, Science, Technology and Society, Riga-Liepaja: RIXC-MPLab, 2011. [not available online]
Paterson, A. G. (2010). A buzz between rural cooperation and the online swarm, In Marcelo Vieta (ed.), Affinities: Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action, Vol. 4 Issue #1, 09.2010. Online: Simo Fraser University. Accessible online here: